How can making sense of the Big Data in construction projects benefit you?

Over at the Xpera blog, my latest article just went live on the topic of Big Data Analysis for the Construction Industry. Here is an excerpt:

The key—and this is truly one of the biggest challenges our industry faces right now—is how do we extract important and valuable information from the data?

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Alan Nevin on San Diego builder’s move from for-sale to rentals in Carmel Valley

One of my great pleasures working for Xpera Group is being surrounded by some amazing industry thought leaders. Economist and real estate guru Alan Nevin is one of those individuals that constantly inspires as well as informs. A regular fixture in the media, Alan was asked for his take on a somewhat unorthodox move by a local builder.

Real estate, construction, and even the litigation that often follows, generally follow some fairly predictable cycles. One such cycle is the conversion by real estate developers of apartments to for-sale condominium units. Often, converters simply spruce up the finishes and appliances, create an HOA, hold a sales blitz targeted primarily at first-time buyers, and then rush to the bank to cash out the LLC before the first claim is filed. Continue reading “Alan Nevin on San Diego builder’s move from for-sale to rentals in Carmel Valley”

Alan Nevin: The Rents Need to Justify Apartment Construction Costs

Colleague, friend, and leading economist, Alan Nevin, wrote a fascinating article for the San Diego Daily Transcript on the relationship between apartment construction costs and rental rates. The analysis shows the difference in the costs of developing three different types of apartment projects in San Diego County. The three types are a three-story garden walk-up, … Continue reading Alan Nevin: The Rents Need to Justify Apartment Construction Costs

Make sure to stop by the Xpera Group Booth (N-5438) at PCBC 2014

My colleagues and I from Xpera Group will manning the booth at the 2014 PCBC show. The event takes place June 25th and 26th at San Francisco’s Moscone Center, and is billed as “The Art, Science + Business of Housing.” If you are attending this year’s conference, make sure to drop by the Xpera Group’s … Continue reading Make sure to stop by the Xpera Group Booth (N-5438) at PCBC 2014